Trick: Using iPhone on the microscope

iphone on the microscope


I needed to take some images of my corneal cells on the microscope to show to a collaborator. But since the lab microscope that I was using didn’t have a PC attached to it, I had to come up with a way to image my cells.

I wondered if I could just use my iPhone camera to take the images by pressing the camera lens into the microscope eye-piece. As you can see, it’s not that great.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to improve this? It would be great to be able to use the iPhone to capture images on a microscope.

Additionally, I have some solid silicon substrates I want to grow cells on and can’t use an inverted microscope – I could just a regular upright microscope and use my iPhone to capture images. Just need to figure out to make the quality a bit better.


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2 Responses to “Trick: Using iPhone on the microscope”

  1. Bharath Kishore B V October 30, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    If you haven’t found a solution already, here’s something:

    It’s not the solution to what you’re looking for, but it’s a start.

    • Saad Bhamla October 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks Bharath. I did find a solution. It’s quite similar to what you posted. Not exactly identical, but close.